In order to combat the perceived problem of institutional racism, the University of Iowa is using its clout as an institution of higher learning to teach students, faculty members, and people within the community about white privilege and how it makes white people the most evil people out there. Does that sound ironic to you at all?
Last month, the university hosted a three-day event entitled “Exploring White Identity for Effective Allyship.”
“This event provides space for White identified people to discuss Whiteness and its privileges with other White people. This can be the first step to eliminating tokenism and increasing responsibility among allies to eliminate racism,” a flier for the event explained.
The handout also featured this gem of a quote by Emily Chiarello, an educational consultant whose expertise lies in “culturally responsive standards-based education,” whatever that is: “It’s impossible to see the privilege and dominance associated with white racial identity without acknowledging that whiteness is a racial identity.”
The seminar was broken up into three different sessions, with things getting kicked off with a students-only session, followed by a meeting for community members, and wrapping up with a session University of Iowa faculty and staff.
This is not the first time that a public university has spent taxpayer money on a racially charged anti-white nonsense. Last August, the University of Vermont hosted a whites-only getaway called “Examining White Privilege: A Retreat for Undergraduate Students Who Self-Identify as White” that meant to teach guilty white students about “the impact of white privilege” and how to take “action against racism.”
And last April, Oregon State University dropped a whopping $11,500 to hold segregated retreats dedicated to tackling the issues of white privilege, racism, and oppression. One such retreat was called “Racial Aikido” and was exclusive to “students of color,” while white students were only allowed to participate in one called “Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World.”